Digital Technology and Student Engagement
Student engagement- sounds simple but truly is a challenge. In traditional class rooms, it may be an easy measure. For example, how many students ask questions, whether or not students have completed the weekly assignment, and so on? However, beyond conventional classrooms and measurements, how can a teacher measure his or her student’s engagement when the latter resorts to technology? Does technology facilitate to live by seven golden Principles of improving Undergraduate Education? The answer is both Yes and No.
Consider that student A, for example, who uses word processor for writing a paper in comparison to student B who uses just pen and paper. We can’t say that Student A is more engaged than student B just because Student A used technology. In fact, Student A essentially learned and demonstrated same information as student B did but Student A used the technology to facilitate the process. In contrast, had the Student A used any kind of collaboration software to share experiences and ideas with other fellow students and then presented the unified or evolved thinking in his or her paper, the process would have qualified to be called as engaging.
Thus the argument that I am forwarding is that technology is no panacea for student engagement. There’s a plethora of technology out there but one needs to decide what’s right for him or her and what technology is best for your particular classroom.